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Origami - Bird

Origami - Bird
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Origami is 'the art of paper folding' which had its origins in Japan. Now it is one of the most popular of all paper crafts in the world. The word 'Ori' in Japanese means to fold and 'Kami' means paper.  The earlier Origami designs were created in Japan for symbolic or ceremonial purposes and not for recreation. Much later it evolved into a creative pass time especially in the 50's, when it spread and gained popularity in the West too and is now enjoyed by many the world over.

The art is very impressive and requires no equipment or facilities other than a sheet of paper and a hard surface to work on. Paper folding uses techniques ranging from simple to complex designs. The transformation of an ordinary piece of paper into a pleasing origami design is a kind of alchemy. It is, at once, a challenge to the eye, brain and the fingers - a wonderful mental and physical exercise. 

Papers like the less expensive Xerox paper to computer paper, typing paper, writing paper, gift-wrap paper and even brown wrapping paper can be used for Origami. 

Valley FoldThe entire world of paper folding revolves around some basic folds. A basic fold is a fold from which many models can be developed. No sequence of origami diagrams can be followed without an understanding of the symbols/ folds they use. Most of the symbols are obvious from the diagrams but it would be very helpful to know the two basic and standard folds- Mountain (Diagram on the right) and Valley (Diagram on the left). 

Mountain FoldThe mountain fold and the valley folds are always indicated by the particular symbols shown in the figures and the mountain fold is always folded back while the valley fold is folded in front.

Make sure that the paper you are folding is exactly square. Before folding the paper, study each diagram showing the complete folded model and read the instructions carefully and only then make your first fold. Always fold carefully, accurately and neatly. If folded hurriedly and carelessly, the result will be disappointing. When you make a fold, always crease the paper firmly with the back of your thumb-nail. Good creases make folding easy and are a valuable guide later in the model, when you are making a series of folds. Before making a reverse fold, pre-crease the paper by folding the whole thickness before opening the paper and making a fold. 


This is a double colour design you can make by sticking the white sides of two square papers together. 



Crease and unfold the two diagonals, then fold corner A to the centre point. Pull the triangle downwards, along crease CB.

Fold edges C and B along the markings to reach the points marked in the figure. Crease and unfold C and B

Turn over the paper Fold D forward along the line marked

Pull out Corner A (corner of the triangle made in the 2nd step) from inside Fold down A along the marked line, level with the folded edge.

Mountain fold along the marking. Fold C behind Fold up B & C along existing hidden creases made in the 3rd step 

Fold D inside along the crease to make the head. Fold out the feet along the marking to create a stable base for the bird. The bird is complete. 


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Shah Jignyasu, Ahmedabad
June 20, 2012
I liked the craft too muc. it is very enjoyable..
Urvi Mehta, Mumbai
September 22, 2011
Very Nice Art
July 17, 2011
Loved it... easy n fun
preeti, ahmedabad
August 25, 2010
its very nice idea and it help me alot
aman, ludhiana
July 27, 2010
very beautifully illustarated to make paper folding bird
Riya, Lucknow
May 25, 2010
Its difficult but very nice too....